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Newbie Discussion / Interchangable Lens Camera vs DSLR
« on: January 25, 2013, 05:35 »
I like the idea of an interchangable lens camera in terms of portability, but I was wondering how there quality and freedom match up against a DSLR. What features are you able to change manually on an ILC?


Selling Stock Direct / Canvas Printing Online Service
« on: December 24, 2012, 07:15 »
Hey All,

I haven't posted in a while, nor am I really interested in microstock anymore. I remember stumbling across a site which did canvas printings for you. You incorporate their code into your site and they do the printing and shipping, in exchange for taking a % of the sale. Does anyone know which site/service this is?

Merry Christmas All :)

Selling Stock Direct / Re: Selling Direct Shop Services
« on: August 10, 2011, 01:22 »
Hey guys,

Thanks for showing interest, glad it came in handy ;) I added Smugmug, Zenfolio and Stock Media Engine.

Canon / Re: Is the Canon EOS 1000D up to scratch?
« on: August 01, 2011, 02:23 »
dude, wipe the exif, and thats it. : )
Sorry, in noob language that means?

Canon / Re: Is the Canon EOS 1000D up to scratch?
« on: July 31, 2011, 03:22 »
The 1000D is fine for microstock and alamy but it might not be a wise investment.
Well microstock will be my main target, I can always take a crack at Getty if the images are exceptional. I understand that Canon EOS1000D isn't the best but I dont want to blow more than $600 on a camera and will most likely buy a new better one in two years once I have graduated.

Canon / Re: Is the Canon EOS 1000D up to scratch?
« on: July 30, 2011, 21:48 »
Getty has a list of required cameras, the microstock sites don't.  Your camera will be fine although your lens choice could be better.  I would go with a 50mm, 100mm, or 24mm prime depending what you like to shoot instead of a cheap zoom.
Could you post a link to getty's required cameras? (Haven't been able to find it). Ill look into getting a better lens.

Canon / Is the Canon EOS 1000D up to scratch?
« on: July 30, 2011, 20:17 »
Hi All,

I recently read an article from Microstock Insider which mentioned that agencies will turn your photos down technical quality of the camera is not up to scratch.

I currently only have a tiny budget and I was wondering if the Canon EOS 1000D is up to the technical quality that microstock agencies are looking for? I will also be purchasing an 18 - 55mm Lens and a Tripod.

Thanks in advance
Will Dutt

Selling Stock Direct / Re: Selling Direct Shop Services
« on: July 25, 2011, 04:42 »
From the website, fotomoto is not working with webpage with xxxx.wordpress.com..any free webpage that will work with fotomoto?
I am not quite sure, you could try contacting fotomoto or by asking a question on their community.

I know viewbook (another method of selling directly) has websites from $4 which work with fotomoto.

Selling Stock Direct / Re: Selling Direct Shop Services
« on: July 25, 2011, 04:02 »

I dont know what you are trying to sell here or promote, selling prints is not all that easy you know and there is little deamnd for it.
No no no, I am not trying to sell or promote anything. I just made a resource and though some may find it handy. Just trying to be helpful ;)

Selling Stock Direct / Selling Direct Shop Services
« on: July 25, 2011, 02:47 »
Hi All,

I would like to start of by mentioning that I have no images up for sale directly or in any microstock agency at the moment. I have been doing some browsing of selling directly through external companies and have created a resource I hope many will find useful.

Here is a list of companies that provide services (Websites, Printing, Advertising ect) for selling photos directly:

My personal favourite from reading and browsing through their site would have to be Fotomoto. Fotomoto provides you and your clients with a friendly and very well polished store, not to mention they print and ship your images for only %15 of sale price (after printing cost). Fotomoto also have a variety of sizes and materials to print on. You can see a working example of Fotomoto at http://jmfox.viewbook.com/images_by_jonathan_fox. Fotomoto isn't exactly designed for microstock but can be very handy if your interested in selling images such as Landscape, Wildlife, Cultures ect.

From roaming around the forum, Ktools seems to be very popular. However unlike Fotomoto Ktools charges a once off and upfront fee of $249US for their photo store and a further $95US each for Photo Show and Photo Host.

I hope this resource comes in handy. Any feedback on adventures into selling directly or other ways of selling directly would be pleasant, as I am willing to update this post if requested.

Kind Regards
Will Dutt

Photo Critique / Re: My Style
« on: July 18, 2011, 05:58 »
Thanks Roxxstocks, you gave some good advice regarding cameras.

I hate to sound rude after you gave me a great reply and a all round good post to read. However, I am fed up of people going "Stock isn't for you", "Why do you want to do stock" and "To develop a proper career in photography the last place you should look is towards stock sites".

And where is the true nature of photography? As you said it is a profession, but is also a profitable hobby for many. The idea I find fun about microstock is the fact that it is already saturated with photos, challenging me to create new ideas that haven't been done before.

You mention that microstock is for amateur photographers....well if you stumble past my photos I am 100% amateur. My personal opinion on stock photography is that it is a great foundation into the photography industry. You build up a good stock portfolio and you can be profiting for the rest of your life, which also leads to funding for other hobbies and adventures in life.

Finally, starting with microstock I think is ideal. In the future once I have a better understanding of photography and some decent skills I may start to change photography pathways.

For now I am sticking with stock. If you dont mind I would like to PM you about other "professional" pathways within photography.

Kind Regards
-Will Dutt

I think your post may insult many microstock photographers who have different opinions to you. Many people do make a sustainable living off Istock.

Photo Critique / Re: My Style
« on: July 18, 2011, 01:25 »

Your reply is excellent, many have asked me the question if I really want to do microstock...and well the answer is I do! I am working hard on building up knowledge, techniques and skills that best suite microstock photography.

However, I loved the photos in the links you sent me (Especially in the second link). Some of those Black and White images were breathe taking.

The reason I want to do microstock is because it allows me to build up a genuine photography foundation. Of course I want to travel and take amazing shots like those featured in your links, hopefully one day if I work hard and excel in microstock I will have the funding to do so.

Also my current work is just down right rubbish, mostly taken with my mobile phone. I do have plans to purchase a DSLR and start producing some "quality" shots.

Thank your for your reply,

-Will Dutt

Photo Critique / Re: My Style
« on: July 17, 2011, 21:32 »
I didn't think you could use (officially) student versions for commercial works even if you are a student.
All they need is a student ID card.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Do Effects Sell Well
« on: July 17, 2011, 20:12 »
You appear to live, as I do, in an area with predominatly flat light. IStock don't like flat light (or contrasty or dappled light either).
Can't honestly see any of the photos you have there being accepted, far less selling (sorry).
No worries, I dont believe any of them would be accepted and sell, they were just hobby photos taken with my Sony Cyber Shot and some on my mobile. I think the hot air balloon is really the only one with a small amount of potential.

Cameras / Lenses / Re: Help Me Choose My First DSLR
« on: July 17, 2011, 19:13 »
The camera I am currently looking at is a Canon EOS 1100D, which comes with 18 - 55mm lens. I think it should be adequate for starting stock photography, in the future I will be able to upgrade lenses to a 75 - 300mm lens if needed.

Funny you should mention a film camera, my granddad offered one to me last week. He says it was a very good quality camera that my father use to own. I think I shall give it a try, it will be a good learning experience for me.

Photo Critique / Re: Critique for iStock Submission Test
« on: July 16, 2011, 20:52 »
If you were a reviewer at IS, you would know that trademarks and such are not important when applying to be a contributor.  Also, I'd say as a beginner, you're likely not one to judge potential.
Sorry, I haven't uploaded to Istock so I dont know how the process works, I just know from researching and reading that trademarks are not allowed when selling images.

Also the judging potential thing was more of a person question to him, I didn't say his photos aren't going to sell, or that his photos would have thousands of downloads.

Cameras / Lenses / Re: Help Me Choose My First DSLR
« on: July 16, 2011, 20:48 »
I would believe that Will Dutt is a teenager, truly looking to get into micro as a newbie, from the posts in this thread, but I saw posts by this person in other threads where he was giving other microstock contributors advice about contributing. Something's not adding up.

In fact, after I read a number of his (or her, who knows on the internet) posts, and the questions that were being asked, I figured he/she was writing a blog, book or something and just wanted everyone else to do the work for them.

Color me suspicious.   :-\
Ahh, no im not writing a blog or a book :P The advice I gave was just advice that others had given me, I was just trying to help. And no I dont want everyone else to work for me, I just need a little guidance.

Cameras / Lenses / Re: Help Me Choose My First DSLR
« on: July 16, 2011, 20:01 »
Thank you all for your posts!

First off I would like to start by appologising for my lack of photographic and microstock knowledge. The reason I have joined here is because I love photography, it has been and always will be a passion of mine.

I am at a stage where I want to take my photography skills past my Cybershot and Mobile Camera, and that is why I post so many questions on these forums.

Every time I revieve a reply, I learn a little more. So maybe some people would like to see me do a bit more individual research before posting, im cool with that and will try google deeper before asking here.

Many of you are very encouraging, and have clearly stated that microstock is not an easy industry. However I am always up for a challenge and always looking to improve.

We all have to start someone, there is only one way from here. Practice does make perfect, and I plan to be practicing for a while.

I hope all the support, knowledge and experiences will never stop. Lets hope with hard work, determination and trial and error I will be able to share my knowledge and experiences (eventually) with other newbies with minimal knowledge.

Thank You All

Cameras / Lenses / Help Me Choose My First DSLR
« on: July 16, 2011, 04:32 »
Hi All,

I am about to invest around $600 - $700 (AU) into my first DSLR :) I currently have several cameras in mind:

Olympus PEN E-PL3:

Olympus PEN E-PM1:

Samsung NX100 + 20-50mm and Flash:

Sony NEX3:

Personally I believe the Olympus PEN E-PL3 is the best, but I am no expert in cameras or photography :P If you were in my position which of the above cameras would you purchase and why? Also which of the above has the best lens?

To help you all out a bit more I will be using the camera for Landscape, Objects, Sports and People. The primary use is mainly landscape and objects though.

Look forward to reading your replies.

Kind Regards
-Will Dutt

Alamy.com / Re: Alamy Royalty Free
« on: July 15, 2011, 21:36 »
Interesting, what sort of buyers use Alamy? Would galleries use Alamy?

Alamy.com / Re: Alamy Royalty Free
« on: July 15, 2011, 20:04 »
What sells well on Alamy? Is it still the general lifestyle, models and market trends that we see on microstock sites?

Photo Critique / Re: My Style
« on: July 15, 2011, 19:21 »
1. Skills (shooting and key wording)
2. Initial Shooting Plan
3. Shoot
4. Post process
5. Upload to a couple of agencies
6. Assess any rejections (get critique)
7. Start building a port around your new competencies
8. Grow competencies = grow port
9. Make a few bucks
I think that is a good plan that I should set up and follow. I hope to purchase a DSLR Camera soon.

Photo Critique / Re: My Style
« on: July 15, 2011, 06:59 »
First rule of photography:  RTFM
Second rule: Never listen to family and friends.
Lol, something to brighten my day.

As many have stated I think it is best that I sign up for a online photography course. Does anyone know of a good course?


Alamy.com / Re: Alamy Royalty Free
« on: July 15, 2011, 06:51 »
Do photo galleries by from Alamy and other Macro/Midstock agencies? Also what does editorial shot and duration (on RM Alamy photos) mean?

Thanks ;)

Photo Critique / Re: My Style
« on: July 15, 2011, 06:50 »
Likely, micro isn't something you really want to do, if this is the kind of thing you like to shoot.  You just think you want to do it.
Microstock is defiantly something I want to do, the fact is just prior to today I thought I could waltz in and start selling my images. All the feedback from family and friends was good, obviously they don't live up to the standards in the industry and have already been shot a million times.

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